Scorebar discussion , slight return .....
Here's something interesting (by our standards) and something I don't actually remember from the time -
The 1998 autumn international rugby match between Wales and South Africa at Wembley. The match was remarkable for two reasons unrelated to TV - one it was the first in the Graham Henry era and nearly resulted in a *first* ever win for Wales against the 'Boks (which would eventually come the following June in the first ever match at the Millennium Stadium. Secondly it came on the tails of a humiliating 96-13 reverse in Wales' summer tour of SA, so a much better result and a much closer, much improved Welsh performance.
Here's a Sky News report of the game. Notice anything weird?
Yep - the BBC score bug, apart from being a horrible mishmash of pre- and post- MLN BBC Sport styles, is on the right of the screen. I don't remember if this game was shown on BBC One nationwide or just in Wales, but what could be the possible reason for this.
Oh wait. *nips to 625.uk.com*, specifically the section titled BBC - digital means DOGs
Yep - this was in the immediate BBC Digital launch era when, shock horror, BBC digital channels had DOGs for a brief period and all scorebars were shifted to the right hand side to accomodate the new permabranding. So maybe this game was shown in Wales on BBC1 and nationwide on Choice? I seem to remember it was an evening kickoff, 5pm perhaps.
According to Andrew Wiseman's site, all branding had been discontinued by 30 November. Certainly this example, from 28 November, shows it may have been a little bit before that, as by the time the 'Boks went across the water to Lansdowne Road (*sigh*) the scorebar was back on the left again.
Oh and if anyone wants to see how the innovative "team colours" gfx used by S4C were implemented for international games, see here:
(As is traditional for games played at Stradey, I should say, "I was there.")